Luc is back home with his parents, and somehow they are no longer cajuns in Louisiana. Instead, they are somewhere in midwest America. Busey's techs send out a signal that reactivates Luc's Unisol programming, so he takes a train across the Rockies to get to Chicago. He ends up at Unisol HQ, where he is reprogrammed as a drone soldier again.
The reporter babe follows, and breaks into the HQ. She discovers Luc's brother Eric, who was killed in Vietnam back when it was still a French colony! Back in 1959, after he had been dead for 16 days, the American doctors brought him back to life. Just like in the first film, the reporter babe goes on the run with a rogue unisol.
Because the Pentagon has cancelled the Unisol project, Busey is in search of new backers for the operation. Von Flores [ Earth: Final Conflict ] pops up as a terrorist in search of new weapons.
Luc wants to go back home to his parents, but the bad guys know where he lives. He ends up on the run with the blonde babe, who is still wanted for murder.
This time we get to see the villain put his plans into action. He doesn't just want to serve his country, he wants personal power. And he has more than Unisols at his disposal: he has Sleeper agents all around the USA.
Von Flores [ Earth: Final Conflict ] has been brought back from the dead as a Unisol, and CCH Pounder pops up as a Unisol so we can see a girl-fight! However, Jerry Orbach's character from the original film is now played by a different actor.
The film tries to maintain the same level of suspense as the original. However, the tape itself does not play such an important role. Neither is there a countdown. Instead, tension is created when the girlfriend has psychic flashes of the journalist and her son ...
Meanwhile, the pathologists have found Sadako's corpse and are rebuilding the face. Also, a psychiatrist-cum-parapsychologist apes Fox Mulder in his efforts to deduce a scientific explanation for the supernatural.
As soon as the murders hit the headlines, journalist Courtney Cox pops up again, with Deputy Dooey in tow.
On a remote island, Uncle Miguel has a confrontation with the Prince of Magic. Defeated, Miguel summons his nephew Lando [short for Orlando] from the Big City to take over the good fight.
Lando brings his wife and daughter, and while he can hardly leave them in the Big City [where he is hunted by well-armed criminals] it seems a bit daft to subject them to all the mysterious goings on and life-threatening situations.
Lando's woman gets captured by the villain, and selected as the bride for his master ... Satan!
We get lots of OTT gore and fancy SPFX, but all in all this is a typical sequel. It has none of the originality of the first film, and there is really no point in watching it.
The main part of the movie concerns the Freaks' attempts to escape the captivity of the freakshow. This is FAR funnier than you might expect. Bill Sadler [ Green Mile ] pops up as a greedy businessman. Megan Ward provides the love interest.
Midnight Mess centres around a chap who looks like a young John Malkovich.
The Neat Job features Terry-Thomas in something very unusual - a serious role. He plays an obsessive-compulsive man who takes a new wife. The wife means well, but can't do anything neatly.
The Trick sees Curt Jurgens [ Spy Who Loved Me ] incur the wrath of an Indian Fakir.
Bargain in Death
Drawn and Quartered - Tom Baker [ Dr Who ] plays an artist who makes a deal with a Ju-Ju man. His paintings become like voodoo dolls, and he uses them to take revenge on enemies Terrence Alexander [Bergerac] and Denholm Elliot [ Raiders of the Lost Ark ].
Busey's superior, the evil Colonel [Jason Isaacs - Event Horizon ] arrives on the ship, accompanied by the new generation of genetically-engineered soldiers. In a training exercise, Russell is pitted against Isaac's best [ Jason Scott Lee]. Russell is proven to be obselete ...
Russell is dumped, believed dead, on a garbage disposal planet. Yes, a nice M-class world is used soley as a garbage dump. He manages to find some peaceful colonists, including Sean Pertwee [ Event Horizon ] and Connie Nielsen .
Predictably enough, the genetically engineered troopers come calling and give Russell a chance for some payback. The showdown is a blatant cross between Rambo and Universal Soldier , both of which are far superior films. The SPFX are nice enough, but nothing we haven't seen before. The story is pretty much non-existent, and Russell only has about five lines of dialogue.
Watch out for a pre-Baywatch Nicole Eggert
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